The Tampa Marriott Water Street completed an 18-month restoration, renovation and expansion project. All 727 guestrooms received upgrades, the great room and lobby were refreshed, two restaurant concepts were added and the hotel's 40,000 square feet of meetings space was renovated. The Tampa Marriott Water Street is part of the new 56-acre, mixed-use Water Street Tampa development.
In the great room and lobby, the color schemes of blue and beige lighten up the space, and the palm trees that once populated the interior have been removed to give the room a more open feel. The lobby bar has also been revamped, including a new menu with handcrafted cocktails, shareable plates and live music on the weekends.
The new food and beverage options were created in partnership with chef Richard Sandoval and include Garrison Tavern, a gastropub featuring "contemporary comfort food" with new patio seating just steps from the Amalie Arena, Tampa's main indoor event venue. The restaurant's bar program includes 20 local draft beers and a signature beer brewed by and in partnership with Tampa's Coppertail Brewery. Anchor and Brine is the second restaurant concept and opened earlier this month. The seafood-forward menu centers around the raw bar, which includes oysters, salmon crudo, ceviche and a seafood tower. The 134-seat restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining.